Anyone that hasn’t been living under a rock for the last ten years has probably noticed beards are back in a big way. Many of us grew up in a world of clean shaven gentleman that would never dare get more adventurous than sporting a five o’clock shadow, but the times they are a changing. Not only is it becoming more socially acceptable to keep a well-groomed beard, the stigma against facial hair in professional and business settings is diminishing as well.
Thinking you’d like to sport a beard? Check these tips to help alleviate some of the growing pains:
- Be Prepared
- Your diet can have a heavy impact on your ability to grow a thick, full beard. Beards need a steady supply of fat and protein and multiple B vitamins that could be missing from your normal diet. There are supplements available to help make sure the beard your conceiving has the best shot at coming into being. It’s also important to make sure you have a plan and the necessary tools to tame the beast as well, which we’ll go over next.
- The first thing to figure out is what kind of style you like that will work best with your facial features. If you have a trusted barber, many of them have experience in handling and styling many different types of beards and could recommend a style that compliments your usual haircut. Alternatively, you could experiment during vacations and holidays and if you don’t like how things are shaping up you can always shave it off and try a different approach later.
- One mistake many men make is to just start growing a beard and it letting it lead the way. All beards require trimming and pruning, especially if you’re wanting to keep things professional, so it’s extremely important to have a quality trimmer and pair of beard scissors for keeping growth even. A trimmer is great for keeping a short clean beard that compliments the length of your hair, whereas scissors are great for pruning those random hairs that seem to grow significantly quicker than the rest of your beard. Keep it even and the only looks you get should be the right ones.
- This one should go without saying, but beards need to be washed several times a week, just like your hair. Not only will this keep the beard clean and free of food particles, but it can help with itching and gets rid of loose hairs and flakes. A quality beard wash should do the trick and make sure your beard smells as manly as it looks.
- If you’re planning on growing anything longer than an inch, it’s a good idea to get beard oil. Shorter beards don’t always need it, but the longer and coarser the hair gets, the more it’s going to need conditioning. Beard oil will soften the hair and enhance the hair’s natural sheen.
- Grooming and Maintenance
- Like all wild things, a beard has to be tamed. A beard brush and comb are great for training the direction your beard will grow and also help keep it clean in between washing. Styling balms are available and work similar to a pomade or hair gel and can be a lifesaver when training headstrong beards to flow more naturally with your facial features.